As I described before, this test uses directional transitions to test the friendliness of the optic to target acquisition. Two target stands are placed approximately 7 yards apart. Each target stand is 8′ tall and has a target at the bottom and a target near the top. The shooter stands equidistant from each stand so that they are both approximately 10 yards from the shooter.
The directional order of engagement is :
1. Start at the top left target.
3. Diagonal, down/left
5. Diagonal, down/right
7. Diagonal, up/right
9. Diagonal, up/left
If everything goes correctly, the result is three shots on the upper left target and two on each of the others. The first shot acts as a “zero” point since a transition is really what happens between shot and I was measuring 8 directional transitions, which means I needed 9 shots. I fired this course of fire 4 times with each optic. This was the first time I had ever shot this drill, although approximately 2 months earlier I had practiced it in dry fire sufficiently to get the rather complex pattern down.
I used the same targets for all four runs, pausing between to take a photo so I could deduce what hits came from which run. What I could not tell was which hits come from which individual shots within a run, which would have been interesting as well. Here are the targets after the entire four runs were shot.
Here are the average shot times from all four runs:
Total Average time: 11.65
Total Average Points: 43.75
Average points per shot: 4.86
Average Hit Rate: 89% (40/45)
Average hits per second: 0.69
Average Points per Second: 3.75
I think a clean run in 9 seconds (or equivalent score, 1 hit/second or 5 points per second) would be about the minimum acceptable standard. As with the previous test, my own performance goals really have nothing to do with the optic, and this is a baseline. Plus, it doesn’t bother me either way.
Thanks for reading.